RCMP nab driver speeding in school zone

A 23-year-old Terrace man had his vehicle impounded and received a hefty fine after he was stopped for speeding in a school zone Tuesday

A 23-year-old Terrace man had his vehicle impounded and received a hefty fine after he was stopped for speeding in a school zone Tuesday morning.

On Tuesday, at 10:16 a.m., a member of the Lake Country RCMP was conducting stationary radar in a school zone on Oyama Road. The officer observed a westbound Chevrolet Silverado travelling at a high rate of speed and clocked it at 90 km/h, well above the posted 30 km/h zone.

“School was in recess and a large group of children were playing out on the field near the roadway,” said RCMP spokesperson Const. Kris Clark. “The driver stopped immediately upon police direction to pull over and was apparently unaware it was a school zone.”

The man was issued a violation ticket for excessive speed and a notice of impoundment for seven days.

When school is in session, a 30-km/h school zone speed limit is in effect from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. every school day, unless otherwise posted.

Speeding in a school zone carries a fine of $196-$253 while excessive speeding carries a fine of $368-$483 plus a mandatory seven-day vehicle impound.